- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity may improve during pregnancy but postpartum flares are common.
- Patients taking disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs should be counselled about effective contraception.
- Knowledge about drug safety in pregnancy is limited but the Therapeutic Goods Administration categories and online resources are a guide to the data currently available.
- Begin prepregnancy counselling as early as possible to allow for cessation of teratogenic medications and optimisation of RA disease control.
- For unplanned pregnancies, cease teratogenic medications immediately and refer to a genetic counsellor and maternal–fetal medicine specialist for risk assessment and advice.
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